Casey Luskin writes:
The anti-ID biologist Richard Dawkins once said, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Now some ID critics today are so fearful of lending any credence towards intelligent design that they are recommending that biologists stop using the word “design” entirely.
Moore isn’t the first person to suggest that biologists should stop using the word “design.” Last year zoologist John O. Reiss wrote an entire book titled “Not By Design” where he commands biologists to stop using the term. And of course his reasons appear to have everything to do with concerns over lending credence to intelligent design…
Of course, Reiss is just following the evidence where it leads, and has no bias:
But at least philosopher and biologist John Dupré isn’t shy about acknowledging Reiss’s motives: “Reiss’s goal is to reassert such a thoroughgoing materialism and remove teleology from our vision of nature.”
No, that’s not bias, it’s science dummy. Reminds me of another quote:
‘We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.